How to Make Time for Self-Care When You're Too Busy to Stop
My life has done a bit of a 180 from having plenty of time on my hands during my degree to a full time job to a Masters, and quite honestly I'm struggling to find time to fit in the things that I used to make time for. Gone were the days where I didn't have lectures till 2pm, and hello to the days where I would literally crumble under the pressure if I didn't I get up at 9am to get through my reading. And it definitely takes a toll.
But recognising that my body does need time away from the books to recharge has meant that I've been actively factoring in at least weekly moments of self-care. And if you're in the same boat as me, this is how you can do it.
The word 'pamper' is definitely slightly cringeworthy but it's so necessary. I sometimes find myself busy to the point where shaving my legs is pampering. But I definitely need that feeling of taking time for myself. Whether it's something as basic and quick as shaving my legs or spending the time for a face mask, I genuinely feel so much better when it's done.
I think anyone who works from home or is currently at university will recognise how important some form of physical activity is. I recently installed a pedometer app on my phone and was shocked at how little walking I do when I'm working from home. Whether it's walking to the shops or going to the gym before your day starts, I always feel 900% times better (and more awake) when I've done something.
I swear this is when I know I'm grown up. When I actively make time for chores. But the reality is, if I don't do my laundry or my dishes, not only do I run out of underwear but I also feel disorganised to the point where I stress out. By knowing I've done my washing for the week or that there aren't a stack of dishes to be done, it means that I have equilibrium in my daily life and that things can resume as normal.
Making time to eat.
This seems like such a bizarre thing to raise because I don't think I've ever forgotten to eat but I often find myself trying to eat at the same time as answering emails or scrolling through instagram. By literally taking 5 minutes away from my screen to eat my lunch, I have a few minutes to catch up with myself and I not only register my food far better but I also wind down and have time to think my tasks over.
Book time away.
Now I'm not talking a four week cruise in the Caribbean here, but maybe a little mini break? Sometimes a change of scenery can make such a huge difference in your mindset and whilst this might sound ridiculous if you're too busy to stop, it's amazing how much you can have a 'mind reset' - and it doesn't even need to be that exciting.
What are some of your favourite ways to make time for self care?
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